Eleven Hours is a visceral, vital, microcosmic illumination of the most pivotal moment of any woman's life: giving birth. With taut, sensitive prose, Erens explores the lives of two women in New York - one in labour, the other her Haitian midwife - to gracefully reveal the seminal moments that have led them to meet here, now, during childbirth. With this riveting, insightful and sometimes harrowing novel, Erens cements herself as one of modern fiction's most diverse and discerning authors.
Eleven Hours is the visceral story of two women, nurse and patient, both with complicated pasts, and the fear, regret, and hope in the moments leading up to childbirth.
Pamela Erens' short fiction, reviews and essays have appeared in a wide variety of literary, cultural, and mainstream publications, including the New York Times, Vogue, Elle, Salon, Tin House, Boston Review, and New England Review. For many years Pamela was an editor at Glamour magazine.